Australian lawn bowlers roll up for a good cause
Australia’s lawn bowls team took to the green at the Windsor Bowls Club, not to play, but to participate in a working bee.
Members of the 17 strong squad, including able-bodied and para-sport competitors, exchanged their bowls for lawn equipment and cleaning rags to get the 96-year-old club spick and span.
With players hailing from all over Australia, officials thought it would be a good idea to bring the team together ahead of the Commonwealth Games, and help a grassroots club at the same time.
"It's a bit of a team building exercise, getting in and getting to know everyone," said coach Kelvin Kerkow OAM.
"It's really about the players just relaxing, chucking some bowls down, helping the club out.
"You can see a few of them cutting greens, cleaning windows... they don't do that at home, let alone at a club."
Barrie Lester, Australia’s number one ranked male bowler for 2016/17 was excited to get his hands dirty at a local club.
"We really drive good culture in the Australian Jackeroos team," Lester said.
"We just try to represent Australia the best we can, and to do something like a working bee here at Windsor is just a great experience.
"I'm not a painter by trade. I'm no Picasso, but I'll definitely try my best and hope I do a good job."
Heading into her fifth Commonwealth Games, veteran Karen Murphy was also happy to help out local bowlers.
Murphy will be looking to add to her tally of four Games medals, including one gold and three silver.
"To get out amongst the community that makes us feel great,” Muphy said.
“It certainly makes the community feel great that we can intermingle with [them].”
"This campaign has been a couple of years in the making, so we feel really prepared. We all want to get going obviously, and going into the [Athletes] Village will be next step of all the excitement.”
The Lawn Bowls action starts on Thursday 5 April at Broadbeach Bowls Club. Snap up your tickets now.